West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini could be set to hand Robert Snodgrass a central role, with Mark Noble to miss the next three games through suspension.
The Englishman was red carded in the first half against Leicester City on Saturday for a poor challenge on the Foxes’ Wilfred Ndidi.
It means that the Hammers are now thread-bare for midfield options, with only Declan Rice 100% fit and available to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.
Pedro Obiang may not be ready, with the Spaniard having been recovering from a calf strain.
Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez are both long term absentees.
Pellegrini’s lack of options could see him turn to Snodgrass for a central role.
If Obiang doesn’t recover in time to face Tottenham, then Pellegrini could be forced to field Snodgrass through the middle, with Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio out wide.
It could be that the Chilean uses a 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Snodgrass at the tip and Rice at the base, and two strikers.
It’s a role that he might be pretty well suited for.
Snodgrass, a £10.2 million buy from Hull City in January 2017, has good vision and passing attributes, and may well flourish behind the strikers.
He isn’t the fastest of players anymore and could be better suited to affecting the game from a more tight, central area where pace is less important.
He actually operated there against Leicester and showed that he can be effective on the ball, as well as be industrious off it.